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Death toll from Asian waves highest in recorded tsunami history – UN disaster agency calls for sensors to be installed in Indian Ocean by end 2005 – millions need food, clean water, shelter and health services – international community mobilizes largest emergency relief ever conducted – UN Ambassadors of affected countries discuss their needs – Annan calls for both emergency relief and reconstruction funds – UN humanitarian coordinator Egeland says response so far is very generous

31 Dec 2004 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN Reports Holy City of Bethlehem is Increasingly Inaccessible to Worshippers

31 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Song to Fight HIV/AIDS and Poverty and Help Accelerate Progress towards Millennium Development Goals

31 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

United Nations Leads Disaster Relief Efforts

31 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNICEF says one third of earthquake – tsunami victims are children Slavery exhibit marks international year UNICEF helps victims of trafficking A Profile of General Assembly President Jean Ping

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Kofi Annan Welcomes Sudanese Initialing of Peace Agreements

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed the initialing earlier today by the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement of the last two agreements of the North-South peace process covering the permanent Ceasefire and Security Agreement and implementation of all other protocols and agreements.

31 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Appeals for Assistance for Somali Victims

UN agencies working in Somalia have appealed for immediate assistance to victims of tidal waves there.

31 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Sri Lanka Mobilizes All Resources to Deal with Disaster

The top priority of the Sri Lankan Government is to deal with the disaster created by Sunday’s tsunamis.

31 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Official Uges Concerted International Effort

The international community must pull together to ensure that the relief effort for areas devastated by tsunamis in Asia reaches millions of survivors swiftly and effectively.

31 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Kofi Annan Calls for Long-term Commitment for Relief in Asia

The physical destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunamis is hampering the delivery of urgently needed aid to survivors.

31 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Warns of Critical Situation on Sumatra

Aid is now getting through to survivors on the Indonesian island of Sumatra as the United Nations steps up its unprecedented relief operation in South Asia.

31 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Caribbean environment ministers express concern about the weakening economic performance of small island developing States Haiti was a major focus of discussion as the UN established a peacekeeping mission in the country Caricom and the UN met on furthering operation between the two organizations The Caribbean region raised serious concerns over the lack of nuclear disarmament The then-General Assembly president called for urgent efforts to radicate poverty and create sustainable growth Regional States appealed for help for Grenada in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan

31 Dec 2004 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Secretary General Kofi Annan, Message for Events Held in Solidarity with Those Affected by the Tsunami in Asia

31 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Plans to Help Indian Ocean Countries Implement Tsunami Early Warning Systems

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) says early warning systems could have saved thousands of lives from the tsunami that struck countries in the Indian Ocean.

30 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Contaminated Drinking Sources Put Tsunami Survivors at Risk of Disease: UNICEF

UNICEF is also warning of the risk of water-borne diseases for the tsunami survivors.

30 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO Warns Up to Five Million People without Access to Basic Services in Southeast Asia

The World Health Organization (WHO) says between three and five million people in the region hit by the tsunami are unable to access the basic things they need to stay alive:  clean water, adequate shelter, food, sanitation and health care.

30 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General Convenes Emergency Meeting to Oversee UN Tsunami Relief Operations

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is holding a top-level meeting of emergency officials and agency heads to oversee the UN relief effort that is to address  the devastation from the Indian Ocean tsunami, that hit nearly a dozen countries on December 26th, killing more than a hundred thousand people and displacing millions.

30 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF Helps AIDS Orphans in Jamaica

30 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Update on the Progress Being Made by the UN to Assist Those Countries and People Affected by the Disaster

30 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

“UN and Africa’s Highlights of the Year 2004″: Tenth Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide SG Exclusive Interview SUDAN – The Darfur Crisis World AIDS Day Cote D’Ivoire Nobel Peace Prize: Wangari Maathai

30 Dec 2004 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

WASH Movement in Ethiopia

29 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

WHO Warns of Possible Health Disaster After Earthquake and Tsunami

29 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

High percentage of children among dead in Asia

Young children make up a big percentage of the dead in the Asian tsunami disaster.

29 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

“This is a huge disaster”: Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns that the needs are enormous in the countries devastated by the tsunamis.

29 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

FAO assessing damage to agriculture and fisheries

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is conducting damage assessment missions in the countries affected to assess the impact on agriculture and fisheries sectors.

29 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Red Cross says deaths from tsunamis could top 100,000

Deaths from the tsunamis in the Indian Ocean could reach 100-thousand when the toll from islands in the Bay of Bengal is known.

29 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO warns millions at risk from disease

The World Health Organization has warned that disease in the aftermath of Sunday's tsunami disaster in South Asia could kill as many people as the deadly waves.

29 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN teams on the ground assessing, coordinating relief

The United Nations system has moved into high gear to identify the immediate needs of countries devastated by Sunday’s tsunamis across South Asia.

29 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Tsunami Expert Explains the Phenomenon

29 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNICEF Helps Victims of Trafficking

28 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Lack of Warning System in Indian Ocean Countries Led to Severity of Disaster: International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

28 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Affected Countries and UN Gather to Assess Damage and Coordinate Relief

28 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

South Asia Lacks Tsunami Early-warning System: UN

Although it took hours in most cases for the tidal waves to reach the affected countries, authorities were unaware that tidal waves or tsunamis were headed their way.

28 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

IOM Launches Emergency Appeal for Relief Assistance to Tsunami Victims

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), has appealed for more than four million dollars to provide emergency assistance to survivors of Sunday’s tidal waves and flooding disaster in Sri Lanka.

28 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Distributes Aid to Disaster Victims in Sri Lanka

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says it’s doing everything it can to bring help as rapidly as possible to the victims of the tidal waves.

28 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN to Launch Largest Appeal for Tidal Wave Victims

The United Nations is on the brink of launching its largest ever appeal to fund the massive aid operation in areas of South Asia.

28 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Officials Meet with Representatives of Affected Countries

In Geneva, United Nations officials met Tuesday with government representatives of Southeast Asian and east African countries, as well as donor and aid organizations to coordinate the UN’s response to Sunday’s devastating earthquake and tidal waves.

28 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Begins Epic Relief Effort in 11 Nations

The biggest humanitarian relief operation ever mounted was underway Tuesday to help the victims of tidal waves in South Asia.

28 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN experts rush to Indian Ocean countries devastated by tidal waves

A massive international assistance is underway to assist victims of the deadly tidal waves that struck several countries in South Asia after a series of earthquakes rocked the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia.

27 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN agencies and officials react quickly to disasters in South Asia

There’s been quick reaction from United Nations officials to the disaster.

27 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN appeals for $271 million in relief aid for Ethiopia next year

The United Nations has appealed for relief supplies worth more than $270 million to support seven million Ethiopians affected by drought in the Horn of Africa.

27 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Effects of tidal waves could be biggest ever: Egeland

The death toll from Sunday’s earthquake and numerous tidal waves it spawned in the Indian Ocean continues to rise and is now pegged at 20,000.

27 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Profile: Jean Ping of Gabon, General Assembly President

27 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Responds to Earthquake and Tsunami in Southeast Asia

27 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNICEF Says One Third of Earthquake/Tsunami Victims Are Children

27 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN says tidal waves bring “unprecedented catastrophe” to South Asia

The UN disaster relief organization (OCHA), has described the tsunamis in southern Asia as “an unprecedented catastrophe”.

27 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Extends Mandate of UN Office in Guinea-Bissau for One Year

The Security Council this week extended the mandate of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau for another year.

24 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Christmas in Ukraine – A Short History with Carols

24 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

African Sanctus – Music for World Peace and Harmony

24 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

University of Santo Thomas Singers from the Philippines Perform at United Nations ( 2002 )

24 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Trinidad and Tobago says its development agenda is part of a pan-Caribbean agenda St. Lucia says the picture of the 21st century is different from that envisaged by the UN Charter St. Kitts-Nevis says good governance requires respect for nations right to choose their own direction The Bahamas says HIV/AIDS continues to undermine centuries of progress in health care Jamaica says small arms and light weapons represent the greatest security threat to small states Antigua and Barbuda says it’s regrettable that the UN is routinely sidelined in international trading relationships St. Vincent and the Grenadines urges states to extol the righteousness of the human condition Secretary-General Kofi Annan says it’s been a difficult year for the United Nations

24 Dec 2004 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

First Anniversary of Earthquake in Bam, Iran

Sunday is the anniversary of the earthquake in Bam, Iran, which killed 26,000 people and left 80,000 homeless.

23 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Mission in Liberia Documents Illegal Fishing and Bilge Dumping

The United Nations Mission in Liberia, UNMIL, has documented illegal fishing and dumping of petroleum waste in the country's international waters.

23 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General Urges Iraqis to Avoid Violence and Exercise their Vote

As his top envoy continues meetings with Iraqi officials in Baghdad ahead of elections scheduled for 30 January, Secretary-General Kofi Annan is urging the Iraqi people to reconcile and make every effort to avoid the violent route and exercise their vote to help determine the future of their country.

23 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Extends Mandate of UN Office in Guinea-Bissau

The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN Office in Guinea Bissau for another year and has expanded its work.

23 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General Calls for Reassessment of Approach to Darfur Crisis

Secretary-General Kofi Annan is calling for an urgent re-assessment of the UN’s approach to resolving the crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region.

23 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Reducing the Incidence of Cervical Cancer

23 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The Security Situation in Darfur, Sudan

23 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The UN Secretary-General describes 2004 as an ‘annus horribilis’ Timor Leste and Indonesia establish a Joint Commission of Truth and Friendship to address 1999 war crimes West Bengal wins UN Development Program award for advancing quality of life in that state

23 Dec 2004 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

DARFUR-SUDAN: Women and children bear the brunt of the worsening crisis and we ask UNICEF what they’re doing to help in camps in Darfur and Chad. We hear the latest thoughts and recommendations of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Sudan, plus South Africa’s Minister for Water tells us how her government is working to remove water inequalities from the apartheid era.

23 Dec 2004 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

A Truth and Friendship Commission is Established Between Former Rivals

22 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Only Iraqis Can Decide Whether to go Ahead with Elections: Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan says only Iraq can decide whether to go ahead with elections next month.

22 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Concerned About Deteriorating Security Situation in Darfur

Members of the Security Council have expressed deep concern at the serious degradation of the security and humanitarian situation in Sudan's Darfur region and the repeated violations of the ceasefire.

22 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

United States Urges Annan to Visit Darfur Again

The United States called on the Secretary-General to visit Darfur again.

22 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Security Council Extends Ban on Liberia’s Sales of Timber and Diamonds

The UN Security Council voted unanimously to renew the arms, timber, travel and diamond sanctions on Liberia after determining that the west African nation has not yet met the conditions for lifting the measures.

22 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Troops Create Buffer Zone in Eastern Congo

UN peacekeepers have set up a buffer zone in eastern Congo where fighting threatens to exacerbate an already grim humanitarian situation.

22 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Slavery Exhibit Marks International Year

22 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Combating the Stigma of AIDS Finding a Haven from Violence in India How Women in Europe and North America Are Faring Ten Years after Beijing

22 Dec 2004 | Posted in Women | Read More »

WHO says eliminating iodine deficiency worldwide is within reach

The World Health Organization says progress is being made in the goal of eliminating iodine deficiency by 2005.

21 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR facing serious water shortage for refugees in Chad

The United Nations is trying urgently to overcome a serious water shortage in eastern Chad which it says could undermine efforts to cope with more refugees from Sudan’s Darfur region.

21 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Nobel laureate urges sustainable management of resources

Developing countries need, not only peace, but also to manage their resources in a sustainable manner.

21 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

A million refugees could face hunger next year: UNHCR

More than a million refugees could face hunger and malnutrition next year because of food shortages.

21 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Press Conference by Kofi Annan

“We are coming to an end of a year of opportunities and difficulties for the United Nations.”

21 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Preparing for a Pandemic

21 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Nobel Peace Winner on South-South Cooperation

21 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Nearly a Million Children in Zimbabwe Orphaned by AIDS: UNICEF

Close to one million children in Zimbabwe have lost both parents as a result of HIV-related illnesses.

20 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World Rice Output Falls Short of Consumption

Global rice production this year is estimated to soar to near record levels of more than 600 million tons.

20 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Annan Calls for Closer Development Cooperation Among Poor States

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for closer cooperation among developing countries to ensure the Millennium Development Goals are reached by the 2015 target date.

20 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

States Dedicated to Sanctions Measures to Counter Al-Qaida Threat

There’s a significant dedication among Member States to implement sanctions measures imposed by the Security Council to counter the threat posed by Al-Qaida and the Taliban.

20 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Fresh Fighting Displaces Tens of Thousands in Congo: OCHA

Tens of thousands of civilians have been forced to flee their homes by fresh fighting between government troops and rebel former soldiers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

20 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Annan Condemns Attacks in Iraqi Holy Cities

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has strongly condemned the latest series of attacks in the two Iraqi holy cities of Najaf and Karbal, as well as in Baghdad in which more than 60 people, including three election workers, were reportedly killed and more than 120 wounded.

20 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The Right to Water in South Africa

20 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The Problems of Caribbean and Other Small Island States are to be Reviewed Next Month

20 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Day for South-South Cooperation Highlights Ways Developing Countries Can Work Together

20 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

THE YEAR IN REVIEW: International Criminal Court opens its first two cases; UN establishes three new UN peacekeeping missions; Afghanistan elects first President but opium trade looms large; IAEA keeps eye on Iran and North Korea; Kyoto Protocol enterts into force as Russia ratifies treaty; convention banning reproductive cloning deferred to 2005; Sudan and Iraq remain the UN’s biggest challenges; a plan to reform the 60-year old Organization; and Kofi Annan prevails.

17 Dec 2004 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

HIV/AIDS is being treated as a top priority in the region; The General Assembly reaffirms its cooperation with the Caribbean Community and other regional organizations; The General Assembly proclaims a World Programme for Human Rights Education starting next month;Cuba says many children in developing countries are not getting their right to education;Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the UN is on track in preparation for Iraqi elections next month;

17 Dec 2004 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

China Graduates Out of Poverty and Pledges Support for War on Global Hunger

17 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Conflict in Eastern DRC Prevents Humanitarian Aid

17 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Jenin Housing Rebuilt

17 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

European Leaders Reiterate Support for the United Nations

European leaders have reiterated their support for the United Nations during meetings with Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Brussels.

17 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Fighting in DR Congo Prevents Relief Aid to Needy People

Renewed fighting in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is blocking relief workers from providing assistance to the needy people.

17 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP Warns of Looming Hunger for Thousands of Refugees in Kenya

The United Nations food agency has warned that thousands of refugees in Kenya will starve unless it receives immediate donations of money and food.

17 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Armed Group Threatens to Displace Thousands in Colombia

The presence of armed groups in an area of northwestern Colombia is threatening to displace thousands of people.

17 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

United Nations Finds Bugging Device in Its Building in Geneva

The United Nations has found a bugging device in its offices in Geneva.

17 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

China is now able to feed itself: World Food Program But UNAIDS warns China it faces a major disaster if spread of HIV/AIDS is not contained Kiran Bedi: the first Indian policewoman now manages the police in UN peacekeeping missions

17 Dec 2004 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Annan Calls for Resources to Redress the Humanitarian Crisis in Sudan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged the international community to make resources available for humanitarian work in the troubled western Darfur region of Sudan.

16 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Panel Responds to Threats to Peace; Better Jobs, Fairer Globalization Critical for Halving World’s Poor by 2015 Poor Social Policies Robbing Children of Childhood International Day of Disabled Persons

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The UN Kicks Off the International Year of Sports and Physical Education

16 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Women in Europe and North America Still Suffer Inequalities in Economic Sphere, Finds Beijing+10 Review by UNECE

16 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Cote D’Ivoire Crisis Heats Up

16 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Secretary-General Calls for Climate-Friendly Development Strategies

The long effort to come to grips with climate change has now entered a new era.

16 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Agency Provides Keys to New Homes for Palestinians

The head of the UN Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA, today handed over keys to new homes to Palestinian families whose houses were destroyed by Israeli incursions into the West Bank town of Jenin in 2002.

16 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF Welcomes UK Support for Children Affected AIDS

The UN Children’s Fund has welcomed the donation from the Government of the United Kingdom for its programmes in support of children affected by AIDS.

16 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Fighting Empties DR Congolese Town of Kanyabayonga

Fighting in the small town of Kanyabayonga in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has forced more than 20,000 people to flee their homes.

16 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

U.S. Ranking Senator Stresses Importance of UN

A United States Senator has stressed the importance of the role played by the United Nations in international affairs.

16 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Official Says Palestinians Make Progress for Election

The head of the UN Department of Political Affairs, Keran Prendegast, says that the Palestinian leadership has made great strides in areas far beyond the electoral process.

16 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Secretary-General Says UN Is on Track in Iraq

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the United Nations is on track in preparations for the Iraqi elections next month.

16 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Cote d’Ivoire – The UN’s Top Man Resigns and UN Sanctions are Recommended Sudan – Things Worsen in Darfur But Hopes Remain High for Naivasha Talks DR Congo – Monuc

16 Dec 2004 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

African NGOs Are Part of Effort to Achieve Education for All

15 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNCTAD Report Urges Developing Countries to Make Use of E-Commerce

15 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Envoy for Sudan Optimistic About Prospects of Meeting Deadline for Peace Agreement

15 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Pronk Urges Security Council to Unite in Dealing with Sudan

The UN special envoy to Sudan has urged the five permanent members of the Security Council ~ Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States ~ to ensure that the Sudanese government and rebels end their 21-year civil war, as promised, by 31 December.

15 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Conflicts Presenting New Challenges in Protecting Civilians: Egeland

The ability of the United Nations to protect and deliver humanitarian aid to civilian populations in need is undermined by blatant attacks and threats against unarmed humanitarian staff.

15 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Suspends Operations in South Darfur

UN operations and movements have been suspended in areas around South Darfur in Sudan as a result of insecurity.

15 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Condemns Violence Targeting Civilians in Armed Conflict

The Security Council has condemned all acts of violence against civilians in armed conflict, including the use of media to incite hatred and violence.

15 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Crisis in Cote’d'Ivoire Could Destabilize West Africa Sub-Region

The United Nations is continuing to reduce the number of troops in the UN mission in Sierra Leone.

15 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Launches a New Early Warning Service Website

A committee grouping together UN agencies and their partners today launched a new website in Geneva to enhance preparedness for emergencies caused by natural disasters.

14 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Wycleff Jean Releases Music Video in Support of Flood Stricken Haiti

Popular American-born Haitian musician Wyclef Jean has released a music video in support of thousands of Haitians who are still recovering from the devastation caused by recent floods in the country.

14 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Says an Indigenous Community in Colombia Fears Attacks

Indigenous people in the settlement of Las Playas in the northwestern Uraba region of Colombia are extremely frightened by attacks and are considering fleeing to a nearby town. 

14 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Israelis and Palestinian Health Professionals Co-Author a Magazine

Israeli and Palestinian health professionals have come together in a unique collaboration – to produce a new publication aimed at improving the health situation of people living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

14 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Remains a Problem for Aid Workers in Darfur

The World Food Programme says that security remains a serious problem for humanitarian workers in the troubled region of Darfur in Sudan.

14 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Chief Police Adviser in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations

14 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Increased Presence of United Nations Can Support Iraqi Elections

14 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Outlines Challenges to Protecting Civilians in Conflict

14 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Confronting Islamophobia in the United States

13 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All

13 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

SG’s Special Representative for Iraq Ashraf Qazi briefs the Council

13 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Developing Economies in Asia to Show Better than Average Growth in 2005

Developing economies in the Asia-Pacific region will grow faster than the global average next year.

13 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

US Urges Nations to Provide Security Forces for UN Staff in Iraq

The United States has urged the United Nations to put additional personnel on the ground in Iraq.

13 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Upcoming Iraqi Election a Test of Transition Process: UN Envoy

The forthcoming election in Iraq represents a test of the new political order and of the transition process.

13 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security is the Number One Priority for UN Mission in Haiti

The problem of security in Haiti cannot be resolved by force, but by making a huge effort to isolate those using violence and disarming them.

13 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Annan Discussing Report of High-Level Panel with UN Regional Groups

Secretary-General Kofi Annan is meeting with regional groups of UN member States to move forward the discussion on the report of the High-Level Panel on threats, challenges and change.

13 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

China No Longer in Need of Food Aid: WFP

The UN food agency (WFP) says China no longer needs international food aid and can now start donating food.

13 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World Health Day 2005 Starts Early with a Focus on Maternal and Child Health; World AIDS Day Focuses on Women and Girls; and, An Indian Film Explores AIDS in Working Class Women.

10 Dec 2004 | Posted in Women | Read More »

A major UN conference on small islands aims to raise awareness and resources to save the floundering Pacific isles An Australian discusses his life as a blind man and his contribution to drafting a UN disabilities convention A New Indian film by Revathy Menon focuses on middle-class India as victim of HIV/AIDS

10 Dec 2004 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

A UN conference aims to raise awareness and resources for foundering Pacific island states “Do not treat us differently”, urges Australian Graham Innes, who is blind and is helping draft the UN Disabilities Convention Director Revathy Menon focuses on middle-class India as victim of HIV/AIDS in new film

10 Dec 2004 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

The Problems of Caribbean and other Small Island States are to be Reviewed Next Month Dominica says the United Nations is absolutely Relevant A 12-year Old Jamaican Student Proposes a New Approach to Tackling the Problem of HIV/AIDS Cuba Says the family as a Basic Unit Deserves the Protection of the State The High Commissioner for Human Rights Says the Vision and Promise in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are Under Strain

10 Dec 2004 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Secretary-General Says Human Rights Education is Vital Today

The United Nations is today holding a number of activities to mark International Human Rights Day.

10 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The United States Endorses Secretary-General’s Work

The United States government says it is not pushing for the resignation of the UN Secretary-General as suggested in the news media.

10 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Refugees Remain at Border Between Iraq and Jordan

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says some nine hundred refugees remain near the border between Jordan and Iraq.

10 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Jan Pronk is Concerned About Fighting in Darfur

The Special envoy of the Secretary-General for Sudan, Jan Pronk, has expressed his concern at the escalation of fighting in Darfur as talks between the Sudanese Government and the rebel Sudan Liberation Army resume in Abuja Nigeria.

10 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

FIFA and WHO Promote Human Rights Approach to HIV/AIDS

The International Football Federation (FIFA) and the World Health Organization have joined forces to raise awareness of the key linkages between HIV/AIDS and human rights.

10 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Celebrates International Human Rights Day, Stressing ‘Vital Tool’ of Education

10 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Emergency Crises Plague Parts of Africa

10 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Poor Social Policies Blamed for Robbing Children of Childhood

10 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

A Global Media Creative Meeting on HIV/AIDS; Confronting a Modern Form of Slavery; A Portrait of an Intern

10 Dec 2004 | Posted in | Read More »

UN Office on Drugs Unveils Initiative to Recover Stolen Assets

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has launched a new initiative to help the governments of Kenya and Nigeria to recover assets stolen by corrupt officials.

9 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Says Fighting Continues in Darfur

There are continuing reports of fighting in Darfur, Sudan.

9 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Not All States Have Reported On Stopping Weapons Proliferation

The chairman of the Security Council committee dealing with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction says not all states have submitted their reports on measures they have taken to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

9 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights Chief Says Vision and Promise of Human Rights Are under Strain

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, has said that the vision and promise contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are under strain.

9 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF Says Over One Billion Children Suffer

A report launched by the UN Children’s Fund today says that more than one billion children around the world suffer from poverty, war and HIV/AIDS, which deny them a childhood.

9 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

MONUC Staff Member Creates Opportunities for Children in the DRC

9 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the General Assembly on the recommendations to reform the United Nations, including the Security Council.

9 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

“State of the World’s Children” Report 2005: Poverty and HIV/AIDS Threaten Children

9 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council Strongly Condemns Reports Rwandan Incursions into the DR Congo & Eliminating Landmines: Overview of the Nairobi Summit

9 Dec 2004 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Islamophobia Seminar Addresses Root Causes and Solutions

8 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

FAO Says Hunger Costs Millions of Lives and Billlions of Dollars

8 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Better Jobs, Fairer Globalization Critical for Halving World’s Poor by 2015

8 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Annan Calls for Progress on Changes in the UN

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged the General Assembly to make progress and come to agreement on changes needed in the United Nations.

8 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Urges Parties in Darfur to Cease all Acts of Violence

Members of the Security Council have called on all parties in Sudan’s Darfur region to cease all acts of violence and to respect and implement their commitments to end what the UN has termed the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

8 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

United States Blames all Parties for Ongoing Crisis in Darfur

Meanwhile, the United States has called for deployment of the more than three thousand strong African Union force to Darfur.

8 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Progress in Reducing Hunger Has Been Far Too Slow: FAO

By the time we get to the end of this opening sentence in this story, one child somewhere in the world would have died from starvation.

8 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Northern Uganda has best chance for peace in 18 years: Egeland

A top UN official says northern Uganda has the best chance in 18 years the ” senseless slaughtering of civilians at the hands of the Lord’s Resistance Army”.

8 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Needs $100m for Africa’s Great Lakes Region

The United Nations needs more than a hundred million dollars to address needs in Africa's Great Lakes Region.

7 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Begins Verifying Registered Ivorian Refugees in Liberia

In Liberia, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has begun a two-day exercise to verify registered Ivorian refugees after many of the more than 10-thousand who sought refuge in the country began returning home.

7 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

More Workers Than Ever Before Living in Poverty: ILO

More workers than ever were living in poverty last year.

7 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Concerned about Latest Clashes in Darfur

The month of November was characterised by violence and a marked deterioration in the security situation in Darfur. 

7 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Annan Calls for Education to Combat “Islamophobia”

Any strategy to combat Islamophobia must depend heavily on education.

7 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Hears of Continued Clashes between Rebels and Militias Causing Insecurity in Sudan

7 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ceremony Commemorates End of International Year for Struggle Against Slavery and Its Abolition

7 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Women and Girls Need Access to AIDS Treatment and Protection from Violence

7 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

International Day of Disabled Persons: “Nothing About Us Without Us”

6 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Panel Recommends Response to Threats to Peace

6 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Afghanistan to Face Challenges to Political and Economic Recovery: Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in the year ahead, Afghanistan will face challenges to its political and economic recovery.

6 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

More Needs to be Done to Help Families Fulfil Their Roles: Annan

Governments need to do more to help families adapt and thrive, so that they can fulfil their social, cultural and economic roles.

6 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

War, Poverty and AIDS Presenting Obstacles to Children’s Development

War, AIDS and grinding poverty have prevented the world from reaching many of its goals in improving the lot of young people.

6 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP Hails Arrival of European Wheat for Drought-Hit Eritrea

The UN food agency (WFP), has welcomed the arrival of more than 40-thousand metric tons of wheat in Eritrea.

6 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

African Schools Initiative Launched

A joint international campaign was launched Monday to help establish schools in six African countries.

6 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Needs Triple the Money to Work Effectively in Somalia

The United Nations needs three times the amount of money it has, if it is to work effectively in Somalia and meet its humanitarian needs.

6 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

10th Anniversary of International Year of the Family Commemmorated

6 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Sulabh Tackles Problem of Sanitation in India and Reintegration of Social Outcasts

3 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

St. Vincent and Grenadines Tells the UN Security Council of its Unwavering Support for The International Criminal Court Jamaica Warns that the Benefits of Globalization are not Being Fully Realized in International Trade Antigua and Barbuda Says Small States in The Caribbean Have Become Casualties of Globalizations Guyana Says Scarce Resources are Now Being Diverted to Fight the Scourge of Terrorism Trinidad and Tobago Embarks on a Bold Vision of Attaining Industrial Status By 2020 A Joint Flash Appeal for Humanitarian Assistance for Grenada and Haiti is Now in its Second Week.

3 Dec 2004 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Lack of Investment in Agriculture Hinders Overall Economic Growth

3 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Focus on Women and Girls on World Aids Day and How Wall Street Could Help Fight the Epidemic

3 Dec 2004 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

The Nairobi Summit on Landmines Highlights the Risk They Pose to Children

3 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Refugee Agency Helps Displaced People in Bogota, Colombia

The UN refugee agency is establishing a regular presence in an area south of the Colombian capital Bogota, where up to 30,000 internally displaced people are sheltering.

3 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Global Forum Adopts Initiative To Promote Water and Sanitation

A Global WASH Forum has ended in the Senegalese capital of Dakar after launching two new initiatives, aimed at raising the profile of the global water, sanitation and hygiene campaign, known as WASH.

3 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights Monitors Says Abuses Have Continued in Darfur

United Nations human rights observers deployed in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan say human rights abuses continued in the region last month.

3 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Health Agency is Concerned About Health in Philippines

The United Nations health agency says it is concerned about the health situation in the Phillipines, which has been hit by powerful storms.

3 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Nairobi Summit on Landmines Ends with Renewed Commitment to Demine More Land and to Destroy Remaining Stockpiles of Landmines

The first ever Summit on a Mine-Free World has ended in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, with delegates renewing their commitment to de-mining more affected areas, destroying of existing stockpiles and helping landmine victims.

3 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Salman Rushdie donates story in support of struggle against HIV/AIDS Asian cities: stopping the urban sprawl in Singapore; and is the bicycle era coming to an end in China?

3 Dec 2004 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

World Bank Says Efforts of Israelis and Palestinians Can Boost Palestinian Economy

The World Bank says that it is the efforts of both Israelis and Palestinians that will bring the Palestinian economy out of its present stagnation.

2 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF Chief Stresses Need to Act on Banning Landmines

The head of the UN Children’s Fund, Carol Bellamy has called on states to take concrete steps to implement the treaty that bans anti-personnel landmines.

2 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General Calls for Empowerment of Women to Fight AIDS

The UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for the empowerment of girls and women so that they can fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

2 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Panel Submits Report on Strengthening UN to Adapt to the Present

A panel of 16 eminent persons has presented a report to the United Nations Secretary-General with recommendations on how to deal with various threats facing the international community.

2 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Desert Locust Pose A Threat to Food Security in North West Africa

2 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Sri Lankan Landmine Survivor Speaks Out About Rights of Disabled at Nairobi Landmine Summit

2 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

A More Secure World Report

2 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Vienna Civil Society Award Goes to Albanian Watchdog Organization

1 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Telling Tales Calls Attention to Aids Pandemic

1 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

World AIDS Day 2004: Women and Girls Need Access to AIDS Treatment and Protection from Violence

1 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Anti-Tobacco Treaty to Come Into Effect Next Year: WHO

A global anti-tobacco treaty will come into force next year after being ratified by Peru – the 40th country to sign on to the treaty.

1 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Observers Spot Suspected Rwandan Troops in DR Congo

The United Nations observers today spotted what they suspect to be a group of 100 Rwandan troops inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

1 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Landmines Restricting Delivery of Aid to Sudan

Landmines have restricted the delivery of humanitarian aid in Sudan, forcing aid organizations to deliver a large proportion of relief supplies by air at a much higher cost.

1 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO to Promote Programmes That Help Women Access Treatment

Reaching women is a key challenge for the UN health agency.

1 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Time to Tap the Strengths of the Financial Sector in Fight against AIDS: Annan

Only through a truly global alliance will AIDS be defeated.

1 Dec 2004 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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